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The urban legend has it that if you say, "Candyman" five times while looking in the mirror, that you will summon a man with a hook for a hand to come and kill you. Now, I never saw the original Candym…
We meet an attractive man and woman (Daniel Kaluuya and Jodie Turner-Smith) on an awkward Tinder date at a diner. The date is not going well, but it's just about to get a whole lot worse. On the drive…
In the opening moments of Waves, the camera spins euphorically as it follows a day in the life of 18-year-old Tyler (Kelvin Harrison Jr.). He goes to school, he works out, he hangs with his friends, a…
In the trailer for Harriet, there is a tease of a visually arresting climactic scene showing abolitionist Harriet Tubman (Cynthia Erivo) cocking a rifle and firmly ordering, "Ready?" to the Union sold…
I won't be the first to tell you that director Kathryn Bigelow knows her way around filming extremely intense sequences. From her praised war films The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty, she now turns …
Henrietta Lacks, though anonymous until recently, was a very real woman. An African-American mother to a brood of five, she developed cancer and died in 1951. However, when she was being treated at Jo…
Denzel Washington takes the directorial reigns in the big screen adaptation of playwright August Wilson's Pulitzer Prize-winning tale of an African-American couple in 1950s Pittsburgh. Denzel knows th…
Taking place in a rough, drug-addled neighborhood in Miami, Moonlight introduces us to a character in three chapters. "Little" (Alex Hibbert) is a cripplingly shy kid who is relentlessly bullied at sc…
"My grandparents were colored. My parents were Negroes. And me, I'm black." So says the amiable host and creator of Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. has the demeanor …
If you are lucky, you have frequented an establishment that felt like a second home. Whether it is the place where you get coffee, or your church, or your barbershop, you know when you walk in the doo…
When Roots originally aired over 8 nights in January 1977, I was six years old. I remember being aware that it was on TV, because my brother and I were shunned from the rec room where my parents were …

42

After seeing the All-American heart-tugging baseball movie 42, I was hoping to get a good sense of the man who broke racial barriers in professional American baseball as the first black major league p…
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